Monday, January 18, 2010

Beans Batata Kholmbo (Beans potato sambar/curry)

Kholmbo is a Konkani recipe. It is similar to Sambar and tastes simply delicious with rice. My mother in law gave me this recipe. This is one of my husband's top favorite curry. I remember this is the first Konkani recipe I tried for him, after our wedding .  I have made it so many times since then. Every time, I prepare this he can't wait to relish on this wonderful curry  :)

1/2 cup toor dal
1 cup green beans cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes
1 tomato finely chopped

For Masala:
8-9 red chillies
1 tbsp chana dal
1 tbsp coriander seeds
2 peppercorns
1 tbsp toor dal
1 tbsp urad dal
1/2 tsp methi seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
pinch of hing/asafoetida
6-7 curry leaves
1 tbsp ghee
1 tsp tamarind extract

For seasoning:
1 tbsp ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
6-7 curry leaves

  1. Cook beans and potato cubes with water and little bit of salt.
  2. Pressure cook toor dal with tomato and drop of oil.
  3. Making Masala:
    • In small kadhai fry red chillies and chana dal with teaspoon of oil. Fry till chana dal becomes slight red.    Keep this aside.
    • Fry coriander seeds and peppercorns for 2-3 minutes till nice aroma comes out. Keep this aside.
    • Heat ghee  and add mustard seeds. When they splutter add cumin seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds, curry leaves, hing, turmeric powder. Fry for a minute. Switch off the heat.
    • Grind all these ingredients to a smooth paste by adding tamarind extract and water.
  4. Mash cooked toor dal. Start heating dal in deep kadhai and add masala paste to it. Add water till you get nice consistency for curry.
  5. Add salt and boil curry till it starts boiling. Then switch off the heat.
  6. In separate kadhai, prepare seasoning with ghee, mustard seeds and curry leaves.  Add seasoning to curry.
Delicious Kholmbo is ready. It may look like little bit of work but it is surely worth it!

Tip: You can also do kholmbo with eggplant(brinjals) or radish(mula/mulangi) or Navalkol (Kohlrabi).

This is my entry to Arundhuti's Served with Love event.


Preparation time: 40 minutes.


Jagruti said...

curry looks wonder your husband can't wait to eat...


Ramya Manja said...

Wow Lovely,I have had the fortune to relish this colorful sambar...Perfect with Idli's and Dosa's..

Thanks for sharing the recipe...

Rachana Kothari said...

delicious curry!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe:) and I understand, why your hubby dear cant wait:)

Priya said...

Curry looks absolutely delicious..

meeso said...

That looks so tasty!

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Thanks Jagruti,Ramya, Rachana, Priya n Meeso for wonderful comments :)

Gulmohar said...

Used to have something similar during my Mangalore days :-) Thanks for the recipe...

Sowmya said...

tempting....even we can't wait you know....mouthwatering...i'll try this soon ..thanks for the recipe dear!

Priya Narasimhan said...

flavourful curry..must taste really good with rice.

Sushma Mallya said...

looks very nice ...would love to have it with rice or idli..

Arundhuti S. Rama said...

Yummy curry. thanks for sending the entry.

AshKuku said...


I saved this for my future encounter..... I loved it. the color, the entire prep..... I can imagine its divinity with piping hot rice.....

Hey congrats on your number 30...that i c, who have patronized your work.... Wishing u, all success... all the way....


Sumathikarthikeyan said...

Delicious and looks very good and inviting....

I would like to share an award with you. Kindly collect it dear.

Swarna said...

this is sure delicious and even I can't wait to relish such a wonderful sambar...

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

Thanks a bunch gals!!

Preety said...

i never tried making beans curry before..that looks delicious,

kothiyavunu said...

That curry looks scrumptious and and appetizing!!Have a green beans in my fridge for quite some time. so sure to try this soon.Thanks for sharing.:)

shanthi said...

this is very delicious. Do visit my blog when time permits.

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